Speakers

Peter Szatmari, MD. MSc, FRCPS

Dr. Peter Szatmari MD MSc FRCPS
Chief of Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative
The Hospital for Sick Children and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Patsy & Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health
Professor and Head of the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health, University of Toronto

Starting March 1st 2013, Dr. Peter Szatmari assumed the combined position of Chief, Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, as well as Director of the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Szatmari, holds the newly-endowed Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health.  Dr. Szatmari is the head of one of the largest Divisions of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the world, and an international expert in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He has made significant contributions to the field in many areas including diagnosis, measurement and longitudinal development – all of which led to significant changes in our understanding of ASD as well as the classification of ASD in both DSM IV and 5. He was a co-leader of the Autism Genome Project, which involved 175 scientists from around the world and reported the first evidence of the burden of rare genetic variants in ASD. He leads the national Pathways study team, the largest follow-up study of ASD children in the world. For the past 10 years, the study has followed up 400 families in five provinces after their children were diagnosed around three years of age. He is the founding Director of CAIRN (www.cairn-site.com) a patient-oriented research network in early intervention in ASD.  He has been editor of several important journals in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and has consulted to government agencies in Canada, the USA and the UK.  He is the author of the book “A Mind Apart; Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome”.

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